Persons with Disabilities Exemption

A Person with Disabilities Exemption is for persons with disabilities and provides an annual $2,000 reduction in the equalized assessed value (EAV) of the property. This exemption usually requires annual renewal but will be auto-renewed this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Automatic Renewal: This exemption was automatically renewed for the 2021 tax year due to COVID-19. 

How can a homeowner see which exemptions were applied to their home last year?
Check the Property Details, then review the Exemption History and Status section. 

📌 Reminder: Exemptions appear on your second installment tax bill issued in the summer. To learn more about how the property tax system works, click here

Info Tab Titlelllll

Missing Property Tax Exemptions? Homeowners can apply for Certificates of Error(s)

Info Tab Content

If your home was eligible for the Persons with Disabilities Exemption in tax years 2021, 2020, 2019, or 2018 and the exemption was not applied to your property tax bill, the Assessor’s Office can help you obtain a refund through what is called a Certificate of Error. 

Certificate of Error applications for tax years 2021, 2020, 2019, or 2018 can be filed now by clicking the links below. As a reminder, it is recommended to apply online so that the application can be easily tracked and our representatives can provide status updates.

Apply Online

Download Form

Info Tab Titlelllll

Current Tax Year

Info Tab Content

The application filing period for the 2021 tax year is now closed. If a homeowner is missing an exemption from their 2021 Second Installment Property Tax Bill, a Certificate of Error can be filed by clicking on the tab above.

Info Tab Titlelllll

Documentation Required to Apply 

Info Tab Content

1. One of the following documents is required. 

  • Class 2 Disabled Person Illinois Identification Card from the Illinois Secretary of State's Office.
  • Proof of Social Security Administration disability benefits. This proof includes an award letter, verification letter, or annual cost of living adjustment.
  • Proof of Veterans' Administration disability benefits. This proof includes an award letter of total (100%) disability, pension statement, or statement showing compensation rated at 100%.
  • Proof of Railroad or Civil Service disability benefits is an award letter of total (100%) disability.

      If a taxpayer can not provide proof with one of the items listed above they will need to submit the Illinois Department of Revenue's Form PTAX 343-A Physician's Statement of Proof of a Disability. The taxpayer may also be required to be
      re-examined by an IDOR designated physician.

2.  Proof of Identity and occupancy in 2021.

  • A copy of one photo ID from List A must be provided along with an Occupancy Affidavit (the affidavit is provided within the online application).  The name and property address must match the application and the date of issue must verify that you occupied this property on or before January 1, 2021.
    List A: Photo IDs that verify identity and occupancy
    • Illinois Drivers License / ID Card
    • Matrícula Consular ID
    • City of Chicago ID Card
  • If the address on your photo ID does not match the property address, a copy of one document from List B and one from List C, and an Occupancy Affidavit must be provided. 
     
  • List B: Photo IDs that verify identity and date of birth
    • Illinois Drivers License / ID Card
    • Matrícula Consular ID
    • City of Chicago ID Card
    • Passport
    • Certificate of Naturalization (N-550/N-570)
    • Permanent Resident Card (I-551)
    • Refugee Travel Document (I-571)
    • Employment Authorization Card (I-766)
    List C: Documents that verify 2020 occupancy
    • Bank statement
    • Landline, cable, or internet bill
    • Pay stub or Social Security Award letter
    • Voting record from 2020 (from Cook County Clerk’s office or Chicago Board of Elections)

Please Note: This exemption cannot be received with the Homestead Exemption for Veterans with Disabilities.

Info Tab Titlelllll

Eligibility

Info Tab Content
  1. Disabled or become disabled during the 2021 tax year.
  2. Either own or have a legal or equitable interest in the property, or a leasehold interest of a single-family residence on January 1, 2021.
  3. Liable for the payment of property taxes.
  4. Occupy the property as the principal residence on January 1, 2021.

If a person's home previously received this exemption (which in prior years, was known as the Disabled Persons Homeowner Exemption) and the taxpayer now resides in a facility licensed under the Nursing Home Care Act, their home is still eligible to receive this exemption under the following conditions. 

  • The property is occupied by that person's spouse, or the property remains unoccupied.
Info Tab Titlelllll

Frequently Asked Questions

Info Tab Content

When do I apply for a Persons with Disabilities Exemption?
Annual applications are ordinarily required for Persons with Disabilities recipients, however, renewal applications will not be required this year as the Illinois state legislature added one-year auto-renewals to support homeowners during the COVID-19 pandemic. Any eligible homeowner who received the Senior Freeze, Persons with Disabilities, or Veterans with Disabilities Exemptions in the 2020 tax year will have these exemptions automatically renewed in the 2021 tax year. 

How do I apply for prior tax years? 
If you were eligible for the exemption in a prior Tax Year but the exemption was not on your bill, you can apply for a refund or corrected bill by filing for a certificate of error

Info Tab Titlelllll

Download Guides

Info Tab Content

Brochure   Brochure